Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A fun 'twist' for a St. Patrick's Day dessert

I used the basic bread recipe to make this fun wreath. One difference in the recipe: I let the dough sponge for 10 minutes. Sponging means to simply leave the dough in the Bosch bowl for the 10 minutes. This will make the dough lighter and fluffier.

Paula's Whole Wheat Bread (3 Loaves)

* 3 1/2 cups warm water (about 120 to 125 degrees temperature)
* 3 Tablespoons SAF yeast (click here)
* 1 Tablespoon Dough Enhancer (click here)
* 1/3 cup oil
* 1/3 cup honey
* 1 Tablespoon salt
* 10 cups of whole wheat flour (click here)

Place all ingredients in your Bosch Mixer with only 5 cups of whole wheat flour. Turn Bosch Mixer on Speed 1. Add the rest of the whole wheat flour till the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl..about 5 more cups of flour! Mix/knead for 4 minutes. Form into 3 loaves and place in Stainless Steel bread pans to rise once. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

Instead of forming it into loaves, I used 1/2 the dough to make this wreath.

Filling Ingredients:

1 stick of butter melted

1 cup sugar (you could dye the sugar green for a more festive look)

1 cup cut green candied cherries.


Roll the dough into a rectangle. Cover the dough with melted butter and sprinkle sugar over the butter. Spread cut green candied cherries. Roll the dough much like you would a jelly roll. Form into a ring and use kitchen scissors (click here) to cut and twist the dough. Let rise till doubled. Bake 350 degrees till golden brown.

The green cherries give the festive look for a green dessert for St. Patrick's Day.

Happy St. Patrick's Day early!

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